Daniel C. Bruno
1938 - 2020
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Daniel C. Bruno
Daniel Christopher Bruno, loving father, grandfather and friend, passed away Thursday, February 13, 2020 at age 81, after a period of declining health. Dan was born on November 6, 1938 in Norwalk, CT to Dominic P. and Carmela (Bottone) Bruno.
After graduating from Norwalk High School in 1955, Dan proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1955-1959. He then worked at a variety of jobs prior to and while attending college, including driving a school bus, working in sales for Burndy Corp., and several years as personal driver for Bette Davis. Dan met Carolyn Cunningham in 1964 and they were married after a 6-month courtship in February 1965. They raised two daughters, Carynne and Blair. Although they divorced after 23 years, they maintained a connection through their children and their granddaughter, Sophia. Dan was a wonderful father and an even better grandfather.
Dan graduated in 1969 from Southern CT State University with a bachelor's degree in education. He went on to earn both a master's degree in education and a sixth-year teaching degree from Fairfield University. An educator at heart, Dan spent his entire 30-year career as a physical education teacher, a vocation he loved and was clearly born for. Over the decades, he taught thousands of Fairfield students in several schools, including Grasmere and Oldfield Elementary Schools and more than 20 years at Fairfield Woods Junior High/Middle School. Although he was a physical education teacher (please do not call it "gym"), students often found to their dismay that he was also a firm believer in grammar, proper English, and writing skills. When he retired from teaching, his "retirement hobby" allowed him to pursue his other passion: driving. During that 10+ years, his drive-your-car service attracted a large and loyal following of clients who were more than happy to have him drive them in their luxury vehicles to and from airports, outings in NYC, and second homes all over the tri-state area. He loved driving and prided himself on his exhaustive knowledge of alternative routes and his ability to get anyone where they needed to be, on time.
Dan loved music, from his childhood playing the accordion in a big band on the radio, playing the flute and piccolo in the Fife and Drum Corp, to playing the piano at some really great parties and singing in the church choir as an elder at Calvin Church. He was a voracious reader, a lover of crossword puzzles (but only in pen, please), and a big fan of jigsaw puzzles. He loved his time with the Poets' Society. He had some strong opinions. He loved his family. And when someone needed him, he showed up.
Dan was preceded in death by his father, Dominic, his mother, Carmela, and his older sister, Irene. He is survived by his daughters, Carynne (Bruno) Fillmore of Henniker, NH and Blair (Bruno) Turnbull of Stratford, CT, his daughter-in-law Karen O'Donnell, his much-beloved granddaughter Sophia Turnbull, and his many cousins, friends, and former students.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, February 17, 2020 from 4 – 7 p.m. at Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road in Fairfield. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Calvin United Church of Christ, 901 Kings Highway East in Fairfield. A private burial will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fairfield Police Athletic League, PO Box 423, Fairfield, CT 06824. To send an online condolence, please visit www.shaughnesseybanks.com.



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Published in Connecticut Post on Feb. 15, 2020.
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February 16, 2020
Dan Bruno was a gentleman always..even when teacher the children..he was an outstanding teacher..and I was sorry that he was not at Dwight for long..My pryares go out to his dear family and to Dan..I am soooooo happy that he had such a full life and had so many different interests,,He was Semper Fi all the way. Thanks Dan! Peace, Joan E. Kleinknecht
February 16, 2020
I remember Dan as an incedible gentleman..ver respectful and loved his job being a Gym Teacher..he was a serious teacher..but was always respectful of the students...watching out for the child that need some extra help..Dan lived Semper Fi...and I am very happy to have known him for the short time he was at Dwight..My prayers go out to him and his dear family..Thank you for being and inspiration to all Dan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Peace is with you! Joan E. Kleinknecht
February 15, 2020
My sincere condolences to Dan's loved ones. I remember one year way back when on the Fairfield teachers' bowling league when Dan and I were on the same team. As in everything he did, Dan was totally into giving it his all. Although I was not the greatest asset to the team from the standpoint of winning, Dan was so encouraging in his effort to help me improve my game. I will always remember the camaraderie and fun of that year. Dan, you have put all of yourself into your life. Now it is your turn to rest in peace. You have given so much to all of us who knew you, and we will always remember you as an extraordinary human being.
Paula Sweeley
February 15, 2020
Had Mr. Bruno has a physical education teacher at Fairfield Woods. He was a really good guy. Always cracking jokes, and working on his golf swing. Sad to hear the news. Rest In Peace my friend
John Dailey
February 15, 2020
I was a student teacher at Grasmere School in the 1970s when Dan was the PE teacher...he was a great help and a true educator-always interested in the total well-being of his students. Fantastic asset to Fairfield...rest in peace.
Mark Rudolph
February 15, 2020
It is with much sadness to hear of Dan's passing. He certainly was a renaissance man. I enjoyed working with him long ago at Grasmere school.
He was a special guy who will be greatly missed.
Sending my regards to his family.
Betty Mulholland
Betty Mulholland
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